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With a unique understanding of the Uruguayan market and of the global legal world our full-service firm is widely respected for its solid experience in all areas of the law and legal advice to foreign investors and multinational clients. We have successfully encompassed the long-term expertise with a modern, sophisticated and practical approach of the business acting as legal representatives but also pointing out business opportunities and strategic alliances.

Main areas of practice

Corporate/commercial: Part of the services offered on a daily basis are, corporate governance matters, reorganisation, spin-off or winding-up transactions, shares and assets purchases, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and all type of commercial agreements. In the M&A area, H&H has helped accomplish some of the major transactions in a wide variety of industries and businesses.

Banking and finance: H&H provides regulatory advice to financial institutions, and participates in the structuring of significant loans and credit facilities, trade financing, export credits and all related financial contracts and securities. In capital markets, the firm participates in bond issues, including the largest issuance of commercial papers in Uruguay.

Asset recovery, insolvency and restructuring: H&H has vast experience in insolvency proceedings, including financial institutions and brokers, dealing with multiple jurisdictions and thousands of creditors. The firm efficiently deals with the most sophisticated cases and is the Uruguayan member of ICC's Fraudnet.

Labour law and employment: H&H has a strong practice managing all labour legal aspects of clients with thousands of employees. Has successfully accomplished reorganisation and restructuring schemes for long-standing companies. The firm is the Uruguayan member of Employment Law Alliance, a global network listed as among "The Elite".

Litigation and arbitration: H&H has an extremely effective practice, specialised in sophisticated dispute resolution, banking disputes, assets fraud recovery, environmental litigation, patent claims and a wide variety of high-level claims.

Real estate: Probably the most experienced firm in the market, we have been involved in real estate transactions purchasing over 200,000 hectares of land.

Infrastructure and government procurement: H&H has been involved in all major bidding proceedings, PPPs, privatisations, public work concessions and the negotiation and execution of major infrastructure concessions, including power plants, gas pipelines, mining exploration, railways, roads and port facilities. We also provide advice to clients of regulated industries such as energy, telecommunications, oil and gas.

Energy and natural resources: H&H advises on onshore and offshore exploration of oil resources. Participates in projects for the development of renewable energy, gas pipelines, wind and solar farms, combined-cycled-gas-turbine power plant, and other infrastructures related to gas supply. The firm is included in the Guide of Participants in Wind Power Energy in Uruguay (www.energiaeolica.gub.uy).

Environment: We advise clients on all aspects of environmental law, having vast experience in pulp mills, chemical industries and environmental aspects of forestry. We advise on regulatory aspects of environmental impact assessments, application of all necessary environmental authorisations, advice on legal environmental aspects of land regulations and use, legal environmental due diligences and judicial proceedings regarding environmental liability.

Taxation: H&H advises clients to devise appropriate legal structures in the light of applicable taxation and regulatory requirements. The use of free zone systems and international tax treaties is considered whenever they may result in benefits for commercial, tax and financial planning purposes.

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